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Best-selling author on service, change and resilience for results


Best-selling author Catherine DeVrye develops ideas, delights audiences and delivers results.

Combining Gen Y energy with baby boomer experience and wisdom, Catherine has the 'street cred' to deliver the results you want at your next conference.

Always customised to your theme - Catherine's down to earth and delightfully humorous style is thought provoking yet practical and her content has earned repeat bookings on five continents.

Current experience:
Twice voted Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year, and named by the Financial Review in 2016 as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence, Catherine is an entertaining communicator with proven international management experience in the private and public sectors - as both a female corporate executive and small business owner. She now speaks globally on customer service, disruption and resilience to boost both the bottom line and team morale in times of change.

Previous experience:
Author: Catherine is the past winner of the Australian Executive Woman of the Year Award and best-selling author of eight books translated into over a dozen languages. Her memoir, ‘Who Says I Can't?’ (Random House) was nominated for the National Biography Award. Others include ‘Good Service is Good Business’ which was a #1 best-seller in Australia and Taiwan; plus ‘Hot Lemon and Honey: Reflections For Success in Times of Change’- ‘Hope Happens! Words of Wisdom for Tough Times’- Paperclips Don't Grow on Trees: Add value not cost to your bottom line’-and her new release ‘The Gift of Nature: Inspiring hope and resilience’

A former IBM executive, Catherine held roles in sales, marketing, communication and leadership development, spending 2 years in Tokyo as Asia Pacific HQ HR Manager. Once responsible for IBM incentive events and leadership programs, she vowed to not only deliver an entertaining, educational and motivational message from stage but to be authentic and easy to work with off stage. Thousands of testimonials from delighted clients prove that.

A multi-faceted presenter, always in search of adventure and new material, she has cycled over the Andes, trekked to Timbuktu, beyond Everest Base Camp, swam from Europe to Asia and was given the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A cancer survivor and active surf life saver, she also has an inspirational, heart-warming story of her personal journey from an orphanage in Canada, which she sometimes shares depending on your brief.

Catherine is also an Australia Day ambassador, featured in Who's Who of Australian Women, a former board member of the third largest police service in the world, past CEO of Young Achievement Australia, as well as working for Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Education and Sport, where she was involved in the establishment of the Life: Be In It fitness campaign.

She holds a Master of Science degree and has attended short courses at Harvard University and Melbourne Mt Eliza Business School... but believes the best education is common sense! She touches the head and heart with a holistic approach to encourage action and better 'buy-in' to key management messages in times of disruption.

Clients include American Express, Australian Tourism, ANZ Bank, Austrade, BBC, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, KPMG, Hewlett Packard, IBM, 3M, Local Government, Mercedes, Neways, Qantas, Red Cross, Remax, Rolls-Royce, Royal Australian Airforce, TAFE, World Triathlon Championships...

Her versatility, diversity of experience and commitment to quality will act as a catalyst to maximise organisational and individual potential, and contribute to the success of your next event.

Real content, real fun, real life!



  • Sales
  • Mastering Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service


  • Challenge & Adventure
  • Inspiring Stories

Politics & Advocacy

  • Leadership
‘A big thank you for adding value to conference-not only for the content but also your entertaining delivery that kept everyone fully engaged. Our partners are fully motivated with new skills and crucial reminders that will help sharpen their skills to ensure Rolls-Royce retains its pinnacle position.’ ROLLS-ROYCE
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